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Instructions and resources to help the UCI research community comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

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What is ORCID iD and why you must create one?

An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)

  • provides a persistent, unique digital identifier that you as a researcher/author own and control;
  • enables author name disambiguation - distinguishes you from every other researcher; 
  • ensures that work is properly attributed and that you receive credit for everything you do as a researcher.
    • connects your professional information with affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more.
    • can share your information with other systems (.g., My NCBI, Researcher ID, Scopus, LinkedIn, Crossref, etc.   
    • ensures you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors.
  • Required by Funders including NIH. 
  • Required by Publishers / Journals - "Over 7000 journals use ORCID as part of their workflow, and – with the user’s permission – can automatically populate ORCID user accounts with citations when they publish."

This page provides step-by-step instructions on how to create an ORCID iD.  Follow the instructions provide in each of the Tab bekiw and learn how to: 

  • Verify that you do not already have an ORCID iD
  • Create an ORCID iD if you do not already have an ORCID iD
  • Connect your ORCID iD to the University of California, Irvine

Your ORCiD ID and Profile

Search to determine if you already have an ORCiD

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your First and Last name in the Search box, e.g., Linda Murphy
  3. Click Search, see Figure 1 on the right. 
  4. The page returns with a list of registered ORCiD users and their ORCiD as shown in Figure 2 below. Check if yours is among the list. 
Figure 2: ORCiD Users 
  1. Check the first and last name, especially you have a common name like mine. To ensure if the iD belongs to you, select the ORCiD as shown in Figure 2 to show more detail of the ORCiD profile, see Figure 3 on the right. 
  2. After you determine it is your ORCiD profile, click Sign-in/Register (located in the upper right corner). 
  3.  You can sign in through the Personal account with your ORCiD account or through the Institutional account with your UCInetID login, see Figure 4 below.
Figure 4: ORCiD Sign in / Register 
Figure 1: Search  Your Name  

Figure 3: ORCiD Verification  


Registering for a New ORCID iD

  1. After you determine you do not have an ORCID iD, at the Sign / Register page (, Click Register now, see Figure 5 below.

Figure 5: Register Now


  1. ​Complete the online registration form with your name, use your UCI email as the primary email address, create a password, and select your preference of "Visibility and Notification settings". When you are done, click Register to submit.
  2. After you submit the form, it will take you to the "Thank you for registering" page as shown in Figure 6 on the right. "We have sent verification messages to each of your registered email addresses. You will need to verify your primary email address before you can begin adding information manually to your ORCID record."
  3. When you locate the verification email from, follow the link provided in the email to verify the registered address. 
  4. Return to the "Thank you for registering" page and begin to populate your biographical sketch. 


Figure 6: Thank you for Registering.

Signing into your ORCID profile with your UCInetID

  1. Go to the "Sign into ORCID" page and select "Institutional account".
  2. This will bring up UCI as the suggested selection as shown in Figure 8 below. Click on UCI
Figure 8: UCI as the Suggested Selection 
  1. This will take you to the UCInetID authentication login as shown in Figure 9. Enter your UCInetID and password to Log in. This will proceed to the Duo Prompt for authentication request. Click Send me a Push then tap Approve on the Duo login request received at your phone.
  2. The above step will take you back to the ORCID profile that you just created and Congratulation, you have successfully signed in to your ORCID profile with your UCINetID login.  

Figure 7: Sign in with Institutional Account 

Figure 9: UCInetID Authentication Login